Episode #16: “Beaverland” AUG. 8 Jessica turns to Ray for help with a rodent problem that may be imaginary. Rebuffed by Ray in her attempts to add Mike to her stable, Tanya gets guilt-management advice from Charlie (Lennie James), then goes to extremes to prove her success. Ray has difficulty thawing a client who is cold as ice. Written by Angela Robinson; directed by Lisa Cholodenko.
Episode #17: “The Middle East Is Complicated” AUG. 15 A container of hummus puts Ray in the unenviable position of choosing cultural sides between Yael (Alanna Ubach) and new client Samara (Mozhan Marno). Already upset after squandering her recent windfall, Tanya catches Ray in a cover-up – and turns to Charlie for stress relief. Lenore (Rebecca Creskoff) seethes after learning of Tanya’s duplicity. Liz (Merrin Dungey) surprises Ray with a revelation about her personal life. Written by Brett C. Leonard & Kyle Peck; directed by Gloria Muzio.
Episode #18: “Third Base” or “The Rash” AUG. 22 With his team’s future wracked by vandals, Ray agrees to participate in a student-alumni baseball game, but an unexpected warm-up session with Claire (Kathryn Hahn) threatens to put him on the disabled list. Fed up with Tanya’s greed and confused by Mike’s request for a donation, Frances (Roxanne Hart) doubts their affair. Jessica’s old itch resurfaces, prompting Ronnie to deliver a sideline ultimatum to her ex. Written by Julia Brownell & Eileen Myers; directed by Bronwen Hughes.
Episode #19: “Fat Off My Love” or “I’m the Allergen” AUG. 29 A bad day at school gets worse when Mike accuses Ray of betrayal. Ronnie vents his frustrations with Jessica at a dermatology banquet, sending his wife running for the exit. Empowered by confession, Tanya lashes out at Ray, Lenore and Horny Patty (Lauren Weedman). Written by Angela Robinson; directed by Colette Burson.
Episode #20: “Even Steven” or “Luckiest Kid in Detroit” (season finale) SEPT. 12 Eyeing a possible second chance with Jessica (Anne Heche), Ray (Thomas Jane) contemplates a break from the business – but Lenore (Rebecca Creskoff) may not be willing to give him up without a fight. Emotionally frayed after separate encounters with Damon (Charlie Saxton) and Vera-Joan (Rhea Perlman), Tanya (Jane Adams) visits Frances (Roxanne Hart) and Ray to try to make amends. After getting a lift from Mindy (Amy Farrington), Ronnie (Eddie Jemison) returns home to find that Jessica has made a decision that could impact both their futures. Written by Dmitry Lipkin & Eduardo Machado and Julia Brownell & Brett C. Leonard; directed by Dan Attias.
Episode #84: “Hair” AUG. 8 Facing a possible lawsuit, Ari readies himself to do battle with Lizzie and her new boss, old foe Amanda Daniels (Carla Gugino). Vince puts his next big-budget movie in jeopardy with his antics, including a risqué online video. Turtle’s romancing of Alex (Dania Ramirez) does not go as well as he’d envisioned. A cleaned-up Billy Walsh (Rhys Coiro) returns to ask Eric about directing jobs – and comes up with new show idea for Drama, who’s been wallowing in self-pity. Written by Doug Ellin; directed by Doug Ellin.
Episode #85: “Tequila and Coke” AUG. 15 Seeking assurance that Vince’s life is under control, director Randall Wallace calls a meeting, but Vince parties a bit too hard the night before. Ari agrees to help Lizzie find a new job in exchange for some potentially damaging audiotapes. Turtle winds up in damage control after promising an L.A. retailer more product than he can deliver. Billy Walsh’s latest pitch leaves Drama indignant and Eric intrigued. Written by Doug Ellin & Ally Musika; directed by David Nutter.
Episode #86: “Sniff Sniff Gang Bang” AUG. 22 Eric is informed by Phil Yagoda (William Fichtner) that the network is interested in Drama’s show, though the star is not enthused about its content. In the wake of recent bad press, Ari attempts to fashion a kinder, gentler persona at work and home. When demand for Turtle’s tequila line outpaces production, he sets out to find new sources of funding. Vince tries to convince Sasha to turn down a high-paying offer to do another porn movie. Written by Doug Ellin & Ally Musika; directed by David Nutter.
Episode #87: “Porn Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” AUG. 29 To keep her out of a porn film, Vince tries to land Sasha a part on his new movie. During a chance run-in with Queen Latifah, Ari finds out that Amanda Daniels may have landed a deal he’d coveted. Eric tries to get Drama on board for Billy Walsh’s series, and Eric’s assistant Jennie (Janet Montgomery) pitches in to help persuade him. Turtle’s efforts to find financial backing from Mark Cuban gets him in hot water with his Mexican boss. Written by Ally Musika; directed by Kevin Connolly.
Episode #88: “Lose Yourself” (season finale) SEPT. 12 With Mrs. Ari (Perrey Reeves) fuming over Ari’s (Jeremy Piven) angry meltdown the night before, Ari tries desperately to keep a surprise party for her on track. The guys attempt to stage an intervention for Vince (Adrian Grenier), who has gone off the deep end. Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) scrambles to find investors to save the tequila business. Eric (Kevin Connolly) receives an unexpected request from Sloan’s (Emmanuelle Chriqui) father, Terrance (Malcolm McDowell), which leads him to consider Scott’s (Scott Caan) business proposal. Written by Doug Ellin; directed by David Nutter.
Episode #32: “Night on the Sun” AUG. 8 Shaken and disillusioned, Sookie rethinks her relationship with Bill. Sophie-Anne takes up a new residence as Russell plots his next move. Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Bill reconcile; Jason throws down the gauntlet in hopes of saving Crystal; Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) gets a surprise visit from his mom, Ruby Jean (Alfre Woodard); Sam tries to keep Tommy in check; Merlotte’s gets a new waitress; Eric proves the depth of his allegiance to Russell. Sookie finds herself in a vulnerable position when Alcide needs to deal with a family emergency. Written by Raelle Tucker; directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
Episode #33: “Everything Is Broken” AUG. 15 With the ratification of the Vampire Rights Amendment at hand, Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck) detours to Fangtasia to confront Eric about the Magister’s disappearance. A grief-stricken Russell vows revenge against his foes, vampire and human. Awaking from a slumber, Bill uncovers the truth about Sookie’s true identity. Jason gets unexpected help as he goes up against Felton (James Harvey Ward) and Calvin (Gregory Sporleder). Sam is distressed by Tommy’s attitude; Tara (Rutina Wesley) encounters a new ally and an old tormentor; Hadley introduces Sookie to a new family member; Arlene (Carrie Preston) despairs about her future; Hoyt confronts his true feelings. Written by Alexander Woo; directed by Scott Winant.
Episode #34: “I Smell a Rat” AUG. 22 A reluctant Bill warns Sookie about the dangers she will face. Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) is intrigued by the mysterious qualities of V. Sam’s recent fit of rage triggers dark memories. Eric takes precautions and fulfills a wish; Arlene turns to Holly (Lauren Bowles) for help with a pressing problem; Jason deals with the unexpected, both with Tara and Crystal; Jessica is torn between Tommy and Hoyt. After communing with Talbot (Theo Alexander), Russell promises to extract vengeance on his enemies. Written by Kate Barnow & Elisabeth R. Finch; directed by Michael Lehmann.
Episode #35: “Fresh Blood” AUG. 29 Bill tries to earn back Sookie’s trust, but ends up bringing her face-to-face with fresh dangers. Knowing he’s no physical match for the King, Eric tempts Russell with the “ultimate vampire dream.” Jason tries to wrap his head around Crystal’s revelation. Sam embraces his dark side, alienating everyone except Tara. Hoyt and Jessica take their romance to the next level; with Holly’s help, Arlene puts her future in the hands of a goddess; post V-trip, Lafayette struggles with new demons. Written by Nancy Oliver; directed by Daniel Minahan.
Episode #36: “Evil Is Going On” (season finale) SEPT. 12 Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) grapples with his conscience while plotting his perfect revenge against Russell (Denis O’Hare). Fed up with being “vampire crack,” Sookie (Anna Paquin) considers a new life without Bill (Stephen Moyer) – or any other vampire. Tara (Rutina Wesley) discovers some surprising news about Sam (Sam Trammell), whose rage resurfaces upon learning of Tommy’s (Marshall Allan) latest transgression. Jason (Ryan Kwanten) finds a new calling after warning Crystal’s (Lindsay Pulsipher) family about an impending drug raid. Plagued by visions, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) turns to Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) for help, and learns his boyfriend has more to offer than companionship. Hoyt (Jim Parrack) hopes for a future with Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), spurning Maxine’s (Dale Raoul) pleas to wed Summer (Melissa Rauch). Written by Alan Ball; directed by Anthony Hemingway."True Blood": 9 p.m. Sunday. HBO "Hung": 10 p.m. Sunday. HBO "Entourage": 10:30 p.m. Sunday. HBO